By Jeff Faraudo
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 at 12:03 am in Basketball.
Bay Area teams certainly are familiar with the five players named to the Associated Press All-America first team:
– John Wall, Kentucky: The freshman guard delivered 16.9 ppg and 6.4 apg this season, and had 23 points in the Wildcats’ 73-65 overtime win over Stanford.
– Wesley Johnson, Syracuse: The junior forward logged 16.0 ppg and and 8.4 rpg. He made a big impression on Cal with 17 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks in a 95-73 win at Madison Square Garden.
– Evan Turner, Ohio State: The junior forward averaged 20.3 ppg and 9.3 rpg and was everywhere in a 76-70 win over Cal, totaling 26 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.
– DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky: A 6-11 freshman forward/center, Cousins gave the Wildcats 15.3 ppg and 10.1 rpg, and had 15 points, five rebounds and three blocks in the Cats’ win over Stanford.
– Scottie Reynolds, Villanova: The senior guard averaged 18.5 ppg this season and scored 2,222 points for his career. But he had perhaps his worst game of gthe season in the Wildcats’ 75-68 loss to Saint Mary’s in the NCAA Tournament, shooting 2-for-11 and scoring eight points.
The AP second-team also has some faces familiar to Bay Area teams:
– Sherron Collins, Kansas: The senior guard had 17 points and five assists in the Jayhawks’ 84-69 win over Cal.
– Jon Scheyer, Duke: The junior guard had unquestionably his worst game of the season against Cal, shooting 1-for-11, but the Blue Devils won the second-round NCAA game 68-53 anyway.
– Greivis Vasques, Maryland: The senior guard from Caracas, Venezuela, averaged 19.6 ppg one year after helping to eliminate Cal from the first-round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, scoring 27 points in the Terps’ 84-71 win.
– James Anderson, Oklahoma State: The junior guard had 25 points, six rebounds and four steals in a 66-50 win over Pacific.
– DaSean Butler, West Virginia: Bound for this weekend’s Final Four, Butler should count himself fortunate he never faced the challenge of a Bay Area opponent.
And the third team:
– Cole Aldrich, Kansas: The junior center had 10 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in the Jayhawks; 84-69 win over Cal.
– Darington Hobson, New Mexico: The junior forward tortured Cal with 22 points and 15 rebounds in the Lobos’ 86-78 win.
– Damion James, Texas: The senior forward averaged 18 ppg and 10.3 rpg this season, but introduced himself to Saint Mary’s two years ago with 15 points and eight rebounds in an 81-62 win.
– Luke Harongody, Notre Dame: The senior forward averaged 21.8 ppg this season, but never got the chance to show what he could do against a local squad.
– Greg Monroe, Georgetown: He was only a sophomore center, so Monroe hardly got the chance to test his considerable skills against a Bay Area team. Just wait ’til he gets a shot someday at the Warriors!